Barack Obama has paid tribute to gay fathers, during his annual Father’s Day proclamation.

In his statement today, the President wrote: “With encouragement and unconditional love, fathers guide their children and help them envision brighter futures. They are teachers and coaches, friends and role models.

“They instill values like hard work and integrity, and teach their kids to take responsibility for themselves and those around them.

“This is a task for every father – whether married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive – and every child deserves someone who will step up and fill this role.

“My Administration proudly supports dads who are not only present but also involved, who meet their commitments to their sons and daughters, even if their own fathers did not.

“Today, let us reflect on our fathers’ essential contributions to our lives, our society, and our Nation.

“Let us thank the men who understand there is nothing more important than being the best fathers they can be.”

During a Q&A session on Tumblr this week, Obama celebrated a ruling giving transgender students protection from discrimination under an anti-sexism statute.

Earlier this month, Obama commemorated June as LGBT pride month, paying tribute to the Stonewall riots and writing: “Let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity, because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too.”